Editor's note: OrilliaMatters is partnering with Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital (OSMH) Foundation to pay tribute to the front-line 'soldiers' who are going above and beyond the call of duty inside Orillia's hospital in what is expected to be a protracted battle against the COVID-19 global pandemic. We will endeavour to publish this every Friday until the pandemic passes.
In a letter to the community today, OSMH CEO Carmine Stumpo urged people not to become complacent and let down our collective guard in the fight against the deadly coronavirus.
He noted that, historically, every pandemic has a second wave.
And while cases in Orillia remain relatively low - there have been 17 lab-confirmed cases since the pandemic began, including two deaths - "it most certainly has not been zero."
Stumpo also noted that "planning is underway to restart scheduled surgeries, procedures and clinics."
It's a reminder that throughout this pandemic, staff at OSMH have been working hard to not only care for patients with COVID-19, but those with a wide variety of other health issues.
We salute Orillia's soldiers and thank them for their efforts.